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general store

A retail store, usually located in a rural community, that sells a wide variety of merchandise.

gen′eral store′

a store, usu. in a rural area, that sells a wide variety of merchandise, as clothing, food, and hardware, but is not divided into departments.
[1825–35, Amer.]
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Noun1.general store - a retail store serving a sparsely populated regiongeneral store - a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet - a place of business for retailing goods
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(ˈdʒenərəl) adjective
1. of, involving etc all, most or very many people, things etc. The general feeling is that he is stupid; His general knowledge is good although he is not good at mathematics.
2. covering a large number of cases. a general rule.
3. without details. I'll just give you a general idea of the plan.
4. (as part of an official title) chief. the Postmaster General.
in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below field marshal. General Smith.
ˈgeneralize, ˈgeneralise verb
1. to make a general rule etc that can be applied to many cases, based on a number of cases. He's trying to generalize from only two examples.
2. to talk (about something) in general terms. We should stop generalizing and discuss each problem separately.
ˌgeneraliˈzation, ˌgeneraliˈsation noun
ˈgenerally adverb
usually; by most people; on the whole. He is generally disliked; He generally wins.
General Certificate of EducationGCEgeneral election
an election in which the voters in every constituency are involved.
general practitionerGPgeneral store
a shop that sells a wide range of goods.
as a general rule
usually; in most cases. As a general rule, we don't employ unskilled workers.
in general
usually; in most cases; most of (a group of people etc). People in general were not very sympathetic; People were in general not very sympathetic.
the general public
the people of a town, country etc, considered as a group.
References in classic literature ?
Then I brought them out all my store of tools, and gave every man a digging-spade, a shovel, and a rake, for we had no barrows or ploughs; and to every separate place a pickaxe, a crow, a broad axe, and a saw; always appointing, that as often as any were broken or worn out, they should be supplied without grudging out of the general stores that I left behind.
By obtaining control of a certain up-country bank, two general stores, and several logging camps, he could come into control of a certain dinky jerkwater line which shall here be nameless, but which, in his hands, would prove the key to a vastly larger situation involving more main-line mileage almost than there were spikes in the aforesaid dinky jerkwater.
The bulk of Adolf's perquisites consisted of the tips he received for going to the general store down the road for tobacco, stamps, and so on.
By all accounts; general stores and community life in Texas and Indian Territory.
GOJAR KHAN, May 14, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Health Officer Gojar Khan Zafar Iqbal Awan conducted raid at the general stores and restaurants located in Mandra Gojar Khan and checked cleanliness system.
RETAIL: Convenience Store: One of the best - known landmark convenience / general stores in lake resort area.
Four men are currently remanded in custody charged with his murder, the attempted murder of his father Ken, who was shot in the leg, and attempted robbery at Fairfield General Stores on January 9.
Four men were remanded in custody at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday charged with his murder, the attempted murder of his father Ken and attempted robbery at Fairfield General Stores.
HUBBARDSTON - General stores conjure up images of penny candy, checkers games and the simplicity of a bygone era for many people.
This is the first time the Company has ventured into new states to open Dollar General stores in two years, and we hope to make the people of New Mexico and Wisconsin loyal customers of our stores.
Woolworths is deciding whether to call time on its new Spar partnership as it re-absorbs Woolworths' General Stores into its main chain portfolio.
It's a throwback to the days of Uneeda Biscuits, Rinso laundry soap and and pickle barrels, with neatly stocked shelves of patent medicines, toys and other items found in local general stores nearly 70 years ago.